180 degree emotional swings. While our spiritual compass is firmly fixed upon our Lord and Savior, Jesus—our emotions are all over the map. I find myself going from extreme joy to heart wrenching sadness and this may be one of the most challenging newsletters I have ever written. Let me explain:
I received news yesterday that my brother, Ron is in very serious condition as he is battling a rare immune system disease. Needless to say this has become the center of our concerns and the intense focus of our prayers at this time.
At the same time, it looks like we have an offer in hand for the purchase of our home. While we still need to come to terms with the details as they are negotiated, it is good news never-the-less. Whether the sale goes through or not we have made the decision that I need to move to California sometime in January. If the house does not sell Cindy and I will have to seek out temporary living arrangements until it does.
Because of all that is happening it has become impossible to outline a schedule for the next month or two. My brother is in San Jose, California. I am scheduled to fly to Temecula to be with Cindy over the holidays and will leave the 18th of this month and come back to Colorado Jan 3rd. All of this of course is subject to what is happening with Ron and his family. Please pray for me to be everywhere the Lord wants me to be and at the right time.
I have two important assignments here in Colorado Springs next week, also subject to change. I have been asked to preside over a memorial service for one of my closest friends, Bruce Larsen, whose wife has gone home to be with the Lord. I am also speaking at the Men With A Purpose (MWAP) Christmas Luncheon on the 8th. There will be around 200 in attendance and many are some of my closest friends in this community. It will be kind of a farewell address and Christmas devotional all rolled together.
On the extreme joy side, I just returned from a ministry trip to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where I spoke at a men’s gathering and three church services for Beulah Alliance Church. This is one of the largest congregations in Canada. There were close to 400 men at the breakfast on Saturday morning where I talked about the importance of an intimate relationship with our Lord. Over 30 men gave their hearts to Jesus. It was an overwhelming experience and you could feel the presence of the Lord in that auditorium.
The weekend services ministered to thousands across two campuses and the feedback from many was amazing. I spoke on the topic, Facing The Unexpected as the concluding message in a series their Pastor started titled, Insomnia…What Keeps You Up At Night? I shared Cindy’s story and all that God taught us as we navigated our deep trial back in 2010. You can watch the message here. Cindy opened the service with prayer through my cellphone, which was so very special as they had our picture up on the big screens.
As you can see there is a lot happening and still so much to see God unpack in these days and weeks ahead.
This year, because of all the uncertainty and extra costs associated with relocating the ministry, we have some very challenging financial needs. December is the month where many ministries depend on special year-end giving to get into the new season. For as long as we have been in ministry we have been so blessed by your generous December gifts.
Please pray for us, Ron and his family, and also God’s will to come through regarding the sale of our home and the details of our new home in Temecula.
Also, please pray about helping us with a very special year-end gift at this time.
Cindy and I want you to know how deeply blessed we are to have your prayers and financial support—you are dearly loved,